We are excited to announce 2 new artists that have joined our family. First is Shirley Williams. Shirley lives and works in Canada and has been professionally painting for more than 15 years now. In her art she focuses on intrinsic energies of color and organic form. We’re super happy to have her work in our line now. I conducted an e-interview with Shirley, the Q&A’s are below…
Q: What or who inspired you to paint? How did you discover your talent for art?
A: My first memory of wanting to become a painter was at the age of 11. It may sound like a cliche, but I remember standing in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre awed by the power of a painting to emanate such energy. It was as though I’d been struck by a profound thunderbolt. From that moment I knew my path would be forever changed.
Q: Do you work certain hours each day or only when you are inspired to work?
A: I’m very blessed to have a 1500 sq. ft. studio in a white-walled renovated warehouse. I work every day, usually from 10 – 6 and have a studio assistant who comes in occasionally to help me. Normally I handle the business side of things for a few hours every morning. Then I have lunch, meditate and get to the creative work in the afternoon. My original paintings are multi-layered and can take a month to finish, so I’m usually working on several at once. Then of course there’s always a lot of non-creative studio work to get done such as preparing canvases, shipping work to galleries etc. So it’s definitely a full-time job.
Q: How long have you been painting? How many pieces have you painted? What mediums do you use?
A: I’ve been painting full-time for 19 years. Mostly I work in acrylic on canvas, and also enjoy working with mixed media and encaustic wax on paper. In an average year, I normally I finish 10 – 20 large scale canvases, 40 – 50 small canvases and countless works on paper.
Q: Your new work that we just published is abstract, do you only paint abstract or do you paint other subjects?
A: Although my formal training included learning how to draw, recreating something realistic have never been interesting to me. I’m more inspired by the challenge of creating something that will move people emotionally in a way they may not be able to put their finger on. It’s the mystery of questioning what we see and how we respond to it that fascinates me.
Introducing our next new artist, Bob Hunt. Bob is a local artist here in Central Texas. His abstract paintings are filled with vibrant colors and texture. We’ve just recently launched 20 new images by him.
His art can definitely bring color to any room you put it in. We especially love his art for wall coverings, like shown above.
So please, come check out our new artists and new images on Gallery Direct today!